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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are in the process of returning to New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.

Watermarks

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Flood  (posted by Susan) “I wish I hadn’t cried so much!” said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. “I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned … Continue reading

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Introducing Me

Written for:  Poetic Asides #406 Write an intro poem.   ‘In my mind, I’m thinking of a situation in which a poet enters a room and then drops a poem. Kind of like this is my intro music or something. … Continue reading

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Gust

Written for:  Chèvrefeuille’s Gift #6 gust of wind I love to challenge you to complete a haiku with only a given first line and to challenge you a little bit more I love to ask you to create a troiku … Continue reading

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Green

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1235 Tongue of Lucifer rising from the earth green tongue of misspent notion Lucifer’s envy http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.nl/

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Dancing Girl

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Musical Muse  (posted by Mish) Today for Poetics, I am asking you to choose some lyrics, preferably one line from a favorite song and grow your own poem from it. You are not … Continue reading

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Why?

Written for:  The Twiglets #37 – See it Why can’t you see it? Seems clear as plastic wrap to everyone else–though you are not wrapped as tightly– that you’re unfit for the job. https://thetwiglets.wordpress.com/

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Rays

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1234 Waves (Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azarbaijan, by Zaha Hadid) following sun rays peering underneath the gold black strings of clouds http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.nl/

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Black and White Dreams

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #38  (posted by Whimsygizmo) Today, I want us to DREAM together. We called it Tar Beach. If you could reach the roof, tar was your sand, rooftops, your ocean. Superman was a possibility. … Continue reading

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In Simpler Times

Written for Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge:  “Out of Your Own Words”  (imagined by Magaly Guerrero) Grandma loved wearing red nail polish, fanning out her fingers in admiration. In her bedroom, silver brushes and combs adorned her … Continue reading

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The New Kid

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #312 Words:  play, push, stone, answer, bag, band, back, agent, laugh, smoke bare, reflect Bullies laughed after pushing the new kid onto the stone floor of the playground. Easy target, they thought. Kid carrying … Continue reading

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